The Many Melodies of NYC

Before blockbuster movies. Before social media hysteria. Before Netflix binges. There was music. It’s the original escape. In a city that blends so many unique cultures, New York’s music scene is a vibrant tapestry of nearly endless exploration.

Stay here long enough and you’ll hear music of every category, era, and culture.

There are some great concert experiences coming this spring. Even if you don’t speak the language, you’ll feel the spirit; even if the melody or instruments are foreign, you’ll hear the heart.

Music in NYC offers a pure opportunity to transcend differences and connect with others in a common experience. So, silence that phone, look up, and escape the noise.

SummerStage

It’s the largest free performing arts festival in the city. SummerStage gives you a taste of artists from all the diverse cultures and communities of the city’s five boroughs. While the dates for SummerStage 2017 have yet to be announced, this is definitely an event you’ll want to plan for, so consider this a friendly reminder. Take it from the New York Times: “In a city happily inundated with summertime cultural offerings, the SummerStage festival stands alone for its dizzying array of options, its local enthusiasm, and its general aura of awe.”

Mozart: Don Giovanni

Isabel Leonard as Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Photo by Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera.

Produced by Michael Grandage, this take on Mozart’s classic blends lighthearted, urbane, and ironic elements to create a story in which you may find new and surprising insights. The Met’s production rotates three singers in the lead role: Simon Keenlyside, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Mariusz Kwiecien. Fabio Luisi and Plácido Domingo conduct. Follow the Don Giovanni and comic sidekick, Leporello, as infamous womanizer seduces brides-to-be and eventually suffers both earthly and eternal consequences. This legendary opera, sung in Italian, is playing at The Metropolitan Opera House, just a few blocks north of the Washington Jefferson Hotel
, through May 11.

Queens New Music Festival

The four-day Queens New Music Festival returns May 19 – 21 at the Secret Theatre. The festival promotes new music, offering composers, musicians, and ensembles living and working in Queens a platform to share their creations. Artists from other parts of New York City and the country are also included. The festival is produced by Random Access Music and will satisfy an array of musical tastes with its mix of new sounds, sub genres, and classic elements.

 

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Love, Adventure, and Mysterious Connections Come to Broadway

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What will you find in New York City? Connection. New friends. And maybe some old ones too. You never know who you’ll run into or the adventures you’ll find yourself on.

Six degrees of separation — an idea put forth by Frigyes Karinthy in 1929 — fascinated the world with the realization that we’re all probably a lot closer to each other than we think. And here at the “crossroads of the world”  in New York City, who knows, it may be three or four degrees of separation.

Karinthy was a playwright, so it’s fitting that his idea came into the popular consciousness in the form of a stage play in 1990. And this spring, Six Degrees of Separation returns to Broadway along with two other stories that will capture and transport you.

The chances you’ll run into a friend (or the friend of a friend) at the theater? We’d say they’re pretty good.

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Six Degrees of Separation

Six Degrees of Separation

The West Wing. American Beauty. The Help. And the CBS sitcom Mom. Allison Janney has appeared in some powerhouse TV shows and films and won seven Emmy Awards® for her trouble. Now Janney is returning to Broadway to lead the revival of John Guare’s iconic drama Six Degrees of Separation. Enter the story of Ouisa and Flan Kittredge, a wealthy New York couple who take in their son’s friend only to find that things are not as they appear. Previews begin April 5 and the show opens April 25 just at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Anastasia

Anastasia

Witness the Broadway debut of the new musical Anastasia. Tony Award®-winning director Darko Tresnjak brings this classic romantic adventure to life. Journey to the past, into the twilight of the Russian Empire and the bustle of 1920s Paris. Brave Anastasia is determined to solve the mystery of her past and thwart the Soviet officer who’s determined to silence her. Previews begin March 23 and the official opening is April 24 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon

Also making a return to Broadway for its first revival is Miss Saigon. Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical is fresh off its smash run in London. Acclaimed stars Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer, who thrilled London audiences with their portrayal of a young Vietnamese woman and American G.I. who fall in love during the Vietnam War, have hit the ground running in the U.S. Previews began on March 1 and opening night is March 23 at the Broadway Theatre.

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Sipping in the City

New York City. If it’s anything, it’s delicious.

For every exclusive New York dish, every plate filled with the city’s best fare, there’s a drink to match. Even if you already have a favorite drink, in Manhattan you’ll probably find a new one. Or two.

With so many places, tastes, sights, and sounds to explore, now all you need is time and a plan. Well, we can’t give you more time, but here are some really solid plans.  

So, what’ll it be?

NYC Whiskey Walk

Eight whiskeys. Eight bars. Imbibe Ireland’s premium whiskeys and enjoy time with food and friends. The day starts at 12pm, ends at 10pm, and brings you to some of New York’s best bars. A portion of all proceeds goes to local charities, including Free Arts NYC.

It really is a walk, too: all of the bars are within easy walking distance of each other. There’s no better way to prepare for St. Patrick’s day. The NYC Whiskey Walk happens on March 4th.

Good Spirits 2017

Enjoy new and classic cocktails paired with delicious food prepared by up-and-coming chefs. The Good Spirits National Tour comes to New York City on March 2nd. Start out with a tried-and-true drink, then move on to drinks just making their debut. Or vice versa. There aren’t really any rules here. Just have fun, drink responsibly, and enjoy celebrated local, national, and international spirit brands prepared by talented mixologists.

NYC Craft Beer Festival

The NYC Craft Beer Festival is happening March 24th and 25th. Take your pick between 75 breweries and 150 craft beers. All tickets allow entry into the Metropolitan Pavilion for a session of unlimited beer tasting. And if you’re looking for some extra flavor, the VIP ticket option gets you another hour, exclusive beer tastings not available on the general floor, and access to the VIP Lounge. Your complimentary souvenir tasting glass ensures the tasting can continue even when the festival ends.

NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting

If wine is more your style, here’s the event for you. Meet New York winemakers and taste the fruit of their labor with more than 200 wines to choose from. Pair each one with local cheeses, charcuterie, and other hors d’oeuvres. Over 40 wineries will be represented as you take a relaxing and flavorful stroll through the Alman Building on March 7th from 6 to 8pm. Learn more here.

NY Cocktail Expo

Not just cocktails, the cocktails to discover and savor. The NY Cocktail Expo brings to you face to face with the top New York City cocktail bars, including Dutch Kills, Station House, Sweet Afton, The Bonnie, Cork & Kerry, and more. This event is new — the first expo was held in April 2016 — but it’s already proven that it’s here to stay with sell-out crowds and the top mixologists at every event. The next one is at the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall in Queens on March 12.

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5 Tips for Enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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It’s a parade older than the United States itself. Every March since 1762, the Irish have paraded through the streets of New York, embedding this tradition into the fabric of the city.

It has endured through two centuries, the switch from monarchy to democracy, countless economic ups and downs, and every generation since the founding of the country.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of one of the nation’s most historic parades:

1. Know the basics
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade can be viewed along 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street from 11am to 5pm. (If you’re looking a for “plan b” in case there’s bad weather, the parade can also be seen live on NBCNewYork.com beginning at 11:00 a.m.)

2. Get the best view
If you want the best views, simply arrive early to get close to the street (and bring a good book). If you’re staying with us at the Washington Jefferson all parts of 5th Avenue are a quick drive (or walk) away.

3. See the city
However, if the weather’s nice, this would be a great opportunity for a walk. From the Washington Jefferson, 5th Avenue is less than a mile away by foot. Plus, depending on what part of 5th Avenue you’re headed, your journey can take you through much of Central Park.

4. Pack some snacks
Restaurants along the parade route will likely be jammed, so plan ahead and bring some snacks along. If you forget and need to eat on the go, look for vendors inside Central Park for some quick and easy options.

5. When you gotta go…  
Be prepared. There aren’t any portable restrooms on the parade route, so have a plan for when nature calls. (Or just take your mother’s advice for once and go before you leave for the parade.) If none of that works, there are public bathrooms in Bryant Park, near the 59th Street entrance to Central Park.

As for some bonus tips: unfortunately no pets or alcohol are allowed along the parade route, but there are plenty of bars along the way. So enjoy the parade, then celebrate with a pint after. Sláinte!

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Two Classics Coming to Broadway in March

When the Lunt-Fontanne theater opened in 1910, it had a retractable roof to keep guests cool.

And the Shubert theater holds the record for longest-running show in Broadway history. Between 1975 and 1990 A Chorus Line, which totaled an incredible 6,137 performances.

Point being: when you’re in this neighborhood, you’re surrounded by history, thousands of stories, little quirks, surprising facts, and incredible talent.

Both theater, along with the rest of Broadway, are minutes away from our front door. And both have extraordinary and classic shows about to open (unlike the Lunt-Fontanne’s roof, which, you’ll be happy to hear, is now forever closed).

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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You know the story. Or do you? Experience this classic in a whole new way. Charlie, Grandpa Joe, Willy Wonka and all the other unforgettable characters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are coming to the Lunt-Fontanne Theater in a new musical. The show stars two-time Tony Award® winner Christian Borle as Wonka himself and is directed by three-time Tony Award-winning director Jack O’Brien. You’ll hear all the beloved songs from the original film, including “Pure Imagination” and “The Candy Man,” alongside a brand new score from the Grammy® and Tony-winning songwriters of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

Previews begin March 28th and the show officially opens April 23rd.

Hello, Dolly! Starring Bette Midler

Don’t miss Bette Midler’s return to Broadway in the classic Hello, Dolly! Midler will star in the title role as Dolly Levi — a widow, matchmaker, and world-class meddler. When Dolly tries to find a match for herself … things get interesting! This is the show’s first time back to Broadway since 1995, and it will also star Tony Award-winner David Hyde Pierce, whose most famous role was that of the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier. The show is bursting with timeless songs, including “Before the Parade Passes By,” “It Only Takes a Moment,” “Put on Your Sunday Clothes,” and the title number, “Hello, Dolly!”

Previews begin March 15th and the show officially opens April 20th.

 

 

 

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NYC Restaurant Week

New York City is known for the variety of food and restaurant offerings. Whether you are in the mood for a vegan burger or a nice juicy large steak here in NYC you will always find a place that serves what you want. The city has many options to choose from, but sometimes these beautiful and delicious places may be out of our budget. Restaurant week starting January 18 to February 5th is a great way to try all those places you had in mind without breaking the bank. Restaurants like Le Cirque and ABC Kitchen which can cost big bucks on a regular night offer a three course menu at the low cost of 25 dollars per lunch and 38 dollars per dinner. This is an opportunity not to be missed since it only happens twice a year with over 350 participating restaurants. Below you will find some of our favorite participating restaurants.

Triomphe Restaurant

Triomphe offers an intimate upscale setting in Midtown near the Theater District. Their seasonal menu, great service and delicious French contemporary cuisine make this place memorable. Great time to try it out is during restaurant week, and make sure you have a reservation since the place has only 18 tables and a busy pre-theater crowd.

Ai Fiori

Ai Fiori offers a traditional Italian cuisine with a modern twist, a classy laid back ambiance and the talented chef Michael White is what has made this restaurant a gem in the city. The food is absolutely delicious with a tasteful presentation. They serve restaurant week with a purpose and that is to show guests what quality food really is.

Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro

If you like cheese or French food than this is the place for you. After two visits at this restaurant and both times equally impressed it is easy to say this place has what it takes to be great in a city of 16 thousand restaurants. The truffle cheese fondue is exquisite.

Aureole-Liberty Room

This fine dining American cuisine restaurant with frequent diners such as Ana Wintour is a must try. Aureole is beautifully decorated, located in the middle of Times Square and offers an innovative seasonal menu and a classy ritzy ambiance. This is a pricey and exclusive restaurant perfect time to try it is during restaurant week.

Le Cirque

Le Cirque has been around for almost 40 years and they have never failed to impress with their luxurious décor, fancy French style presentations and incredible service. Whether you have heard of their name in movies or passed by this restaurant is a must try.

For more information and restaurant week options please visit: http://www.nycgo.com/restaurant-week

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Holiday Season in NYC

New York comes alive for the holidays, and The Washington Jefferson Hotel’s convenient Times Square location offers access to the many timeless Christmas events in New York. From classics like George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, to massive celebrations like the Times Square Ball Drop, the best holiday events are here for you to enjoy. During your stay at our Midtown hotel, take advantage of our special offers to earn more perks during your trip to New York.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

  • December 2nd, 2015
  • Rockefeller Plaza

Rockefeller Center’s famous Christmas Tree comes alight on Wednesday, December 2nd. Live performances occur from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Arrive early to gain a good view of the tree. Hundreds will crowd the sidewalks, while even more watch the event live on NBC. If you miss the tree lighting, you can still see its Christmas lights until 8 p.m. on January 6th, 2016.

The Nutcracker

  • November 27th, 2015 to January 3rd, 2016
  • The New York City Ballet, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

Witness the version that originated the beloved classic. George Balanchine’s Nutcracker features an iconic score from Tschaikovsky, the enchanting Land of Sweets, and a whirlwind of ballerinas doing dazzling dances. The New Yorker calls this “the mother of all Nutcrackers.” All members of the The New York City Ballet, including 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands and two casts of 50 young students from the School of American Ballet, come together to create a world-class production.

Radio City Musical Hall’s Christmas Spectacular

  • November 13th, 2015 to January 3rd, 2016
  • Radio City Music Hall

A dazzling display of Christmas cheer and enthusiasm. The Rockettes, a New York institution, make their Christmas Spectacular more stunning every year. With elaborate costumes, breathtaking choreography, and big spectacles, The Rockettes put on a family-friendly show that entertains kids and adults alike. On Santa Hat Days, audience members get a complimentary Santa hat during the performance.

Times Square Ball Drop

  • December 31st, 2015
  • Times Square

The essential way to ring in the New Year. Every year, thousands of revelers arrive in Times Square to witness the Ball Drop. Join them for a memorable evening. The festivities are even better in person than on television. Our hotel near Times Square places you seconds away from the holiday festivities. Start 2016 by attending the biggest New Year’s party in the world.

Holiday Windows

Every year during the holiday season each major department store in New York City puts up holiday themed window displays. Each window tells a story that will keep you gazing for a long time and make holiday shopping a memorable experience. The must see windows are: Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Henry Bendel, Tiffany and Co, Bloomingdales, Macy’s, and Lord & Taylor.

 

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Solo In the City: How To Make The Most Out Of “You Time” in Manhattan

When you stay at the Washington Jefferson Hotel you’ll be surrounded by a variety of things to do in NYC by yourself. In “The City That Never Sleeps,” you’ll discover a vast array of opportunities to immerse yourself in iconic New York treasures. Whether you’re interested in art exhibits, discovering new cuisine or meeting new people, there is no better place to explore than in Manhattan.

After discovering the many things to do in NYC alone, enjoy a relaxing and secure retreat to your comfortable guest room at Washington Jefferson Hotel. Don’t forget to stay connected with loved ones back home and tell them all about your travels using our complimentary high-speed Internet.  Utilize our guide for solo traveler activities in New York when staying at Washington Jefferson Hotel.

However you choose to spend your time in New York City, you’re sure to embark on a memorable journey marked by some of the most stunning architectural landmarks, unparalleled shopping and a dining experience that takes you around the world within the comfort of one city. Go ahead, experience New York however you want to and make the most out of every getaway with our solo traveler guide.

Sightseeing
Top of the Rock
(212) 698-2000

MoMA
(212) 708-9400

New York City Ballet
(212) 870-5570

Metropolitan Museum of Art
(212) 535-7710

Dining
Shimizu
(212) 581-1581

Maria Pia
(212) 765-6463

ViceVersa
(212) 399-9265

Shopping
Anthropologie
(212) 246-0386

Saks Fifth Avenue
(212) 753-4000

Tiffany & Co.
(212) 755-8000

 

Spas
Avanti Nail & Spa
(212) 757-1269

Snowflakes Spa
(212) 315-5788

SKNSPA
(212) 581-1398

 

 

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Your Guide to a Perfect Manhattan Day

Make it as perfect a day as possible with our handy guide to the essential stops on a classic New York trip. When you stay at Washington Jefferson Hotel, you’re just moments away from some of the most sought-after attractions in the surrounding area. In a city that’s constantly bustling with endless things to do and a variety of activities, getting a handle of where to start can sometimes be overwhelming.

Leave your worries behind and embark on a journey filled with memories to last a lifetime, iconic treats and unique adventures when you take utilize our guide to planning a perfect day in NYC. But the fun doesn’t stop there. In town for longer? During your stay ask our team for recommendations on everything from Broadway shows to dinner reservations and much more.

8 AM – Rise to greet the day in your room at the Washington Jefferson.

9 AM – Enjoy a refreshing breakfast at one of the nearby cafes or bistros, like Tout Va Bien, Bibble & Sip, or Pick A Bagel. If you’re eager to start your itinerary, grab something quick and healthy from the always-reliable Pret a Manger.

10 AM – Take a leisurely stroll through Central Park, or at least as much of its sprawling beauty as you can manage! Home to numerous wonderful landmarks – including the Central Park Zoo, Tavern on the Green, and Belvedere Castle – you may recognize some spots within the park from a favorite movie or two.

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11 AM – Get glamorous and hit the boutiques and department stores of Times Square and Bryant Park.

12:30 PM – Lunch at a legend, which is easy when choosing a location in this zip code. Carnegie Deli, with its mind-bending portions of deli meat sandwiches, promises the chance to spot some celebrities in between bites, while the by-now-famous Shake Shack offers some of the most memorable burgers and fries in the city.

1:30 PM – Make time for one of the world-famous New York City attractions in Times Square. From the excitement in the history explored at Radio City Music Hall to the Museum of Modern Art, there is a monumental place to explore for every conceivable artistic, cultural or historic interest.

5 PM – Unwind from the day with a Happy Hour at one of the many bars in the area. The Rum House invites you to get loose with retro cocktails, the 230 Fifth boasts stunning rooftop views for when the weather’s easy, and the sizzling hot Kingside makes a mean Old Fashioned. Of course, you’d be foolish to pass up the chance to knock back pre-dinner drinks at…

7 PM – …Esca, Becco or Barbetta. These are divine as it gets in our part of town.

9 PM – Check out a Broadway show and the bustling nightlife of the city after-hours.Tickets to Wicked, Jersey Boys, or Book of Mormon are easy to come by, discounts are plentiful, and, thanks to the many gorgeous theaters studding the neighborhood, it’s nearly impossible to find a less-than-great seat.

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12 AM – Return to the comfort of your Washington Jefferson room and a much-deserved good night’s sleep.

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Explore, Experience & Embark on the Top 10 Things to Do in NYC

New York moves fast, but you can have it all when you stay at the Washington Jefferson Hotel. Whether you’re traveling with someone special on a romantic escape, on your own to discover a new city, or with the entire family, there are endless attractions and things to do during your stay. Offering a variety of sought-after activities throughout every season, you’ll discover something for everyone during your visit.

Unleash you inner foodie at nearby Hell’s Kitchen where you can taste cuisines from across the globe without leaving your neighborhood. Indulge your inner shopaholic at Macy’s Herald Square or along the shops of Fifth Avenue in all of its glory. Discover an outdoor adventure at nearby Central Park and on your way back to our property stop at Lincoln Square for a cultural immersion in the arts. Here, we’ve put together our top 10 favorite attractions in NYC to act as a guide while you’re staying with us.

The Empire State Building – Nothing compares to the view, although be sure to expect plenty of company on the way up.

Times Square – You’ll understand why the city earned the nickname about never sleeping once you’ve seen the lights.

Madison Square Garden – The Knicks, the Rangers and Billy Joel call this mammoth complex home.

Central Park – Where New York goes to get its fill of nature.

Statue of Liberty – Still “Enlightening the World,” after all these years.

Museum Mile – White stone, priceless art collections and a whole lot of little dogs.

9/11 Memorial – The solemn yet breathtaking tribute to the lives lost.

Fifth Avenue Shopping – Follow in the coutured footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw.

Rockefeller Center – Art Deco magnificence and the setting for Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy’s immortal sparring matches.

Broadway – What it presently lacks in baggy-suited vagabonds with big dreams, it makes up for with The Book of Mormon.

 

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